This Is the Best Emoji App Yet
Ladies and gents, we’ve ALL been there. You’re over-analyzing a text you received from your guy or gal that leaves you scratching your head for answers. “What is the *true* meaning of this extremely vague text!?!?!,” you wonder. It can leave you in a confused and hopeless state before you can even muster up the courage to think of a reply. People often say you can’t really understand someone’s true delivery + tone via text (or email), but this new app called Nod — featured as an iTunes Best New App — aims to elevate your emoji game (we know you love ’em) and overall messaging standards.
Nod is a brand spankin’ new messaging app developed from the folks at if(we), a social product company and incubator based in San Francisco. It’s designed to make texting more meaningful (and fun and hilarious and entertaining). This nifty app offers literally millions of highly expressive, animated and totally customizable emojis for people to more accurately express themselves when words just won’t cut it. Options include everything from hair styles + colors to skin tone, apparel and accessories. The app features a custom keyboard and the normal messaging features you’re accustomed to, like text, photos and links.
So, back to that vague text you haven’t replied to… ;)
How about responding with an animated avatar of yourself winking? You will leave zero room for interpretation about how you’re feeling. If you want to be a bit more coy with your response, consider sending a Nod of yourself putting on some swaggy sunglasses. If you really want to show him/her who’s boss, send the “make it rain” money shower Nod, my personal favorite.
Oh, fun fact! Today is World Emoji Day — REJOICE, emoji users of the world — and the reason today, July 17th, has been dubbed as such is because today’s date is permanently displayed on the emoji calendar icon. Here’s how we recommend you celebrate:
1. Download a brand new emoji set or app and only speak in emoji all day. Go on, we dare you.
2. Study the first-ever emoji report so you can stay informed! ;)
3. Start thinking about your emoji Halloween costume NOW!
Are you going to take texting to the next level with Nod? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)